Laboratory countertops see a lot of use, many being exposed to corrosive chemicals on a daily basis. Between harsh chemicals, water, heavy equipment, sharp tools, and all manner of cleaning agents, laboratory counters are under constant exposure to stress. Because of this, finding counters that can hold up to heavy usage is a vital component of running a successful lab.
In recent years, resin countertops have become an extremely popular option in labs across the country and internationally. We provide surfaces for all laboratory casework and tables.
What is Epoxy Resin?
Epoxy resins are thermoset polymers characterized by high heat, chemical, and solvent resistance. Epoxy resins can be applied to a broad range of substrates and materials, making epoxy resin an extremely versatile option and helping to add to its popularity.
For use in laboratory countertop manufacturing, epoxy resin has been touted for its versatility and relative ease of use as compared to other materials with similar levels of heat and chemical resistance.
How Epoxy Resin Countertops Are Made
Epoxy resin countertops can be made using a wide variety of materials and fillers; metal fillers will, for example, improve hardness and heat conductivity. Epoxy resin countertops can also be made virtually any size, shape, or thickness, another reason for its regular use in laboratory design.
Once set, epoxy resin is extremely strong, resistant to scratching, corrosion, water, and a huge variety of chemicals and solvents. Some chemicals epoxy resins are resistant to include:
- Acetic Ascid
- Isopropyl Alcohol
- Aluminum Sulfate
- Carbon Tetrachloride
- Copper Nitrate
- Jet Fuel
- Magnesium Sulfate
- Sulfuric Acid
Why You Need Epoxy Resin Countertops in Your Lab
Though epoxy resin countertops may not be the perfect solution for every lab, its high resistance to heat, chemicals, water, and stress make epoxy resin an excellent choice for many laboratory applications. Epoxy resin countertops are made to be long-lasting and durable, made in single-piece configurations to avoid seams and gaps in your countertops. This materials stands up strong to nearly all commonly found laboratory chemicals.
Seamless and practically impenetrable, the surface of your epoxy resin countertops will never let water, chemicals, solvents, cleaners, or bacteria to accumulate. Durcon epoxy resin products are particularly popular due to their extremely long-lasting nature.
Having perfected their methods, Durcon epoxy resin products are all guaranteed free of defects and protected under a 10-year warranty, further proof of the quality of Durcon products and the long-lasting quality of epoxy resins.
OnePointe Solutions: Lab Countertop Supplier
Beyond the laundry-list of qualities that make epoxy resin countertops an incredible option, OnePointe Solutions gives you even more reasons to choose epoxy resin for your lab counters, tables, and sinks. At OnePointe, we have partnered with one of the most trusted manufacturers of epoxy resin and phenolic resin countertops to help create custom solutions for our customers.
All of our high-quality epoxy resin laboratory countertops are made using worksurfaces from Durcon, a trusted manufacturer of laboratory-grade work surfaces since the 1960s. Made to last, laboratory countertops built by ChemTops are made to last years without sustaining wear and tear, collecting bacteria, or corroding.
Best of all, every epoxy resin lab countertop from ChemTops is built to your specifications; just get in touch and our team of experts will work one on one with you to create the perfect solution.
Phenolic Resin Countertops
If you love the look, feel, and durability of epoxy resin, but aren’t sure you can afford it, phenolic resin countertops might be the right solution for you. Phenolic resin countertops are made by bonding layers of phenolic resin-saturated kraft paper using thermoset methods.
Once cured, phenolic resin countertops are similar to epoxy resin countertops and are scratch, stain, liquid, and chemical resistant.
Applications for Phenolic Resin
Though considered an excellent and affordable alternative to epoxy resin, phenolic resin countertops may not be the right choice for every application. Phenolic resin countertops are best used in the following applications:
- Industrial Processing
- R&D Labs
- Medical and Dental
- Pharmaceutical and Healthcare
- Cannabis Testing
Other Applications of Epoxy Resin
Extremely resistant to most liquids, chemicals, solvents, cleaning agents, and heat, epoxy resin is a favorite material for designers of a variety of laboratory equipment. Besides countertops, epoxy resin can also be used in the building of lab sinks, pegboards, and drying racks.
Excellent in applications requiring frequent water and moisture exposure, epoxy resin lab sinks are another specialty of OnePointe, designed to perfectly fit drop-in, double drop-in, and custom ADA compliant sinks.
Pegboards and Drying Racks
Like epoxy resin sink tops from OnePointe Solutions, epoxy resin drying racks and pegboards are excellent in the classroom and research applications where they will see plenty of use and stress. Strong and built to safely and effectively dry lab glassware, epoxy resin drying racks are durable enough to withstand years of use but built to be gentle on delicate test tubes, vials, and containers.
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